OnPoint with Letitia Stevenson


How a Real Estate Agent Can Help You? (First Time Home Buyers)

How a Real Estate Agent Can Help You? (First Time Home Buyers)

If you're in the market to buy your first home, you may be wondering if you need your own real estate agent, or perhaps you're curious as to how an agent can help you. You are about to embark on a very important decision for your future, a great investment of both time and money.

Buying a home for the first time can be overwhelming. Don't go it alone. Work with a professional Real Estate Agent! Remember, the seller will most likely have an agent. You should have your own agent, i.e., a buyer's agent to protect you and represent your best interest. You'll soon discover that there are so many ways an agent can assist you. For now, I would like to bring your attention to the following:

10 Ways a Real Estate Agent Can Help You!

A real estate professional can...

01 | Help establish a plan for a home that fits your needs

02 | Help you find a good mortgage consultant to have you pre-approved

03 | Guide you through the entire process, serve as a buffer and take care of a lot of the behind-the-scenes tasks

04 | Help you research neighborhoods and houses

05 | Find the right home for you

06 | Help you gauge market values and best determine a range where your offer should be 

07 | Help you write up offer (and counter offers) and negotiate the best terms and price for you

08 | Provide you with a list of key professionals (e.g., real estate attorneys, home inspectors, pest inspectors, etc.) that you'll need in a real estate transaction

09 | Help you feel comfortable with the closing process and go with you to closing

10 | Follow up with you after the sale

Remember, these are just some ways that a qualified real estate agent can help you in your journey towards buying your first home. For more information or assistance with your first home purchase, please contact me. I have a wealth of knowledge, as well as hands-on experience educating and helping first time buyers like you.  I'd be happy to answer your questions, as well as assist you with purchasing your first home in my service area, or refer you to qualified professionals from a nationwide network of agents.


 Letitia Stevenson, REALTOR®  | Licensed in DE, PA & MD |  

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® 

(Formerly Prudential Fox & Roach, REALTORS®)

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Comment balloon 33 commentsLetitia Stevenson • September 26 2010 11:33PM


Letitia, great job and good luck attracting some of those buyers.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 8 years ago

Letitia, Thanks for posting this.  I will definately use some of these tips for my first time home buyers!

Posted by Collette Sarmento, 781*258*9718--Your Agent For Life (Cameron Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Letitia - good information but it is written towards a home buyer and posted to members only. 

Posted by Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate over 8 years ago

Hello Letitia - that is great stuff, but I think you want to get that out to the public.  See if you can update your post to make it so it isn't members only.  And best up luck to you!

Posted by Candi Munguia, REALTOR®, Texas Dream Homes (Munguia Group (Keller Williams Dallas Metro North)) over 8 years ago

And that's just the top 10.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Good points, Letitia.  I think there are many more things we bring to the table, but you made an excellent start!

Posted by Chuck Gollay (Exit Realty Paramount) over 8 years ago

Good post, some good points.  However, being a members only post, it will not reach the public, or be indexed in the search engines.  Make the post public!

Posted by Lori Fishkind, Realtor (Reliant Realty) over 8 years ago

Good post Letitia.  If you are not a paying memeber of Active Rain, the post can only go to Members Only, and you really need this to go out to the public.

Posted by Cyndi Mino, SFR, e-PRO (First Team Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Great Post Letitia!

Posted by Derek Wood over 8 years ago

Letitia,  I agree with Cyndi.  Get this message out to prospective buyers.   Great Advice for first time homebuyers.

Posted by Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge (Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge) over 8 years ago

I join the group in saying-Post this to the public. This is a great list of answers to a question that comes up often.

Posted by Robby Leviton, Knowles Team (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

All posts are Members Only if the writer has a free membership. But go ahead and write and post - you'll have a nice body of work for that day when you do decide to go for the full membership!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 8 years ago

@ Everyone - Thanks for your wonderful comments!

@ Cal - Hope you had a great weekend! Looks like you were MIA for about a week (i.e., no posts on AR)... must be busy with clients. :)

@ Collette - You're more than welcome to use them!

@ Charita & Chuck -  So true... there are so many things we bring to the table. I have an extensive list that I put in my monthly FTHB Seminar packets and give out at buyer consults. Trying to keep it short here - I typically try to keep my lists on posts to 20 items or less.

About Member Only... My posts typically start off as member only because I like to come back and read them again (with a fresh set of eyes), maybe add a photo and sometimes tweak them before I release them to the public. This is especially true when I post at night, that is, when I have only one eye open (LOL).

Thanks Again! Have an Awesome & Productive Week!!!



Posted by Letitia Stevenson, Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach (BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com) over 8 years ago


I like the clarity in your post.  It answers the basics...although some buyers still think they can go it alone.  but, many eventually come back to the Realtor, after they have encountered problems.

Posted by Marsha Montoya Mayer (Paradise Properties of Florida, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Letitia,

This is great and accurate advice. I am curious why you made it memebers only? This would be a post I would like to re-blog as I'm sure others would, for our local areas. Great input nonetheless.

Happy Monday!

Posted by Tamara Dorris (Master Your Market Real Estate Coaching) over 8 years ago

This is a great post....so make it public. Good luck with the first-timers!

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Great list Letitia,  Good Luck getting those Buyers.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) over 8 years ago

Good post.  People need to understand the value that a proffesional in your corner brings you.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Well written for your target market.  Good job.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 8 years ago

Short, concise and to the point!

Posted by Marsha Cash (RE/MAX Advantage) over 8 years ago

Hi Letitia -- This is an exceptional post.  Most first-time home buyers don't have any idea how much is involved in order to make an exceptional decision and your post succinctly points this out.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

First time buyers definitely need the guidance of a caring and thoughtful real estate agent.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 8 years ago

Letitia:  Great list!  Thanks for sharing.  Carrie

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments!

When conducting my FTHB Seminars, I find that many first time home buyers don't understand how an agent gets paid, more specifically how do I "the Buyer" pay the agent? Do I or the seller pay the agent?, etc.

I usually go over this and explain, "In most cases, the commission is paid by the seller. However, it can be negotiated any number of ways, and that includes the possibility that the buyer could end up paying some or all of the sales commission. Commission should be discussed, understood & negotiated upfront, before signing Buyer Agency Agreement."

I find that once FTHB buyers are educated in this area, they are quick to get their own representation.

Posted by Letitia Stevenson, Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach (BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com) over 8 years ago

Good information, Letitia.  Thanks.

Posted by Janice Weathington (Century 21 Pro-Team) over 8 years ago

This is great information especially since so many first time buyers are just confused about what they need to do to get into their first home.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

Thank you Letitia  ... and not just for the first time buyers ...                Len

Posted by Len Kobewka, You Can Scape-it (Prairie Scapes / Scape-it™) over 8 years ago

All true and a great, concise piece on what we do. Thanks!!

Posted by Betty Saenz, EcoBroker GRI SRES (Sky Realty, Austin, Texas) over 8 years ago

Thanks for stopping by & sharing your thoughts!!!

Posted by Letitia Stevenson, Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach (BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com) over 8 years ago

Hi Letitia - Buying a home is, if not the largest, ONE of the largest purchases a family will ever make.  Having a buyer's agent in your corner to be your advocate and help you through the process is invaluable.

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

This is a good list Letitia. Good luck to you.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 8 years ago

Great little article, Letitia. Good advice on both sides of the border...so good that I re-blogged it!


Posted by RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate (RE/MAX of Nanaimo) over 8 years ago

Hi, there. Thanks for the informative post. I believe that dealing with real estate market requires special knowledge and since the real estate agents are trained professionals, it will be a good choice of home buyers can opt for their services. Selling and buying of homes involve many legal procedures and it is not always possible for an ordinary person to know about these legal terms and their importance. A real estate agent is not only well equipped to handle laws on behalf of the clients, but can also make the buyers understand what they are getting into. I would advise first time buyers to choose an agent who is sensitive to their needs and desires. Opt for an agent who listens to you rather than one who boasts of making tons of money. For more information, you can visit www.revealty.com.

Posted by Rebekah Whiteman over 8 years ago